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Annelies

roswell, GA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Gregory Boyle
    • Narrated By Gregory Boyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (409)
    Story
    (412)

    As a pastor working in a neighborhood with the highest concentration of murderous gang activity in Los Angeles, Gregory Boyle created an organization to provide jobs, job training, and encouragement so that young people could work together and learn the mutual respect that comes from collaboration.

    Jeremy says: "Perhaps the best book I've read in years."
    "remarkabe and memorable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it is a slice of life I was totally unfamiliar with and hesitant to know more about.The author and his compassionate stories should appeal to anyone who has ever wondered about gang life.


    What other book might you compare Tattoos on the Heart to and why?

    Never read anything like this


    What does Gregory Boyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings a first person closeness and incredible humanity to the subject. I am not a religious person, but so enjoyed the stories of this amazing man who lived and served this LA community in such a positive way.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elegance of the Hedgehog

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Muriel Barbery
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2160)
    Performance
    (1130)
    Story
    (1151)

    An enchanting New York Times and international best seller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year-old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl.

    Pyles says: "It surprised me"
    "sweet story, but..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No- because it did not move me, and was not memorable. The setting was interesting, being Paris, but the setting was not a big enough part of the book: no descriptions. The ending was a bummer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Carol Rifka Brunt
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (502)
    Performance
    (455)
    Story
    (456)

    1987. There’s only one person who has ever truly understood fourteen-year-old June Elbus, and that’s her uncle, the renowned painter Finn Weiss. Shy at school and distant from her older sister, June can only be herself in Finn’s company; he is her godfather, confidant, and best friend. So when he dies, far too young, of a mysterious illness her mother can barely speak about, June’s world is turned upside down. But Finn’s death brings a surprise acquaintance into June’s life - someone who will help her to heal....

    Cynthia says: "Terrible Narrator!"
    "peeking..."
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    What did you like best about Tell the Wolves I’m Home? What did you like least?

    It's a peek into a gay life - interesting and sympathetic.
    least? The family relationships: parents - children. Also the improbability of some of the story-line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Carol Rifka Brunt again?

    no


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    ok


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shantaram

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Gregory David Roberts
    • Narrated By Humphrey Bower
    Overall
    (3306)
    Performance
    (1641)
    Story
    (1641)

    This mesmerizing first novel tells the epic journey of Lin, an escaped convict who flees maximum security prison in Australia to disappear into the underworld of contemporary Bombay. Accompanied by his guide and faithful friend, Prabaker, Lin searches for love and meaning while running a clinic in one of the city's poorest slums and serving his apprenticeship in the dark arts of the Bombay mafia. The keys to unlock the mysteries that bind Lin are held by two people: his mentor Khader Khan, mafia godfather and criminal-philosopher; and the beautiful, elusive Karla, whose passions are driven by dangerous secrets.

    Jamie says: "Do Not Miss This"
    "bowled over!"
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    What did you love best about Shantaram?

    it's a fascinating and exotic trip: colorful characters, wonderful setting in Bombay, compassionate and intriguing people, and a reader who nails the foreign accents and holds you spellbound.


    What does Humphrey Bower bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Amazing knowledge of the indian accents. the characters pop into your mind the minute they enter the scene.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The post script! Wow, this was autobiographical? How could anyone have lived through this journey?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Tides

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Frank Muller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2229)
    Performance
    (1385)
    Story
    (1389)

    Spanning 40 years, this is the story of turbulent Tom Wingo, his gifted and troubled twin sister Savannah, and their struggle to triumph over the dark and tragic legacy of the extraordinary family into which they were born.

    Ella says: "A "Prince" amongst novels"
    "great family saga"
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    If you could sum up The Prince of Tides in three words, what would they be?

    epic, spellbinding, local


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prince of Tides?

    the rape scene and the tiger


    Would you be willing to try another one of Frank Muller’s performances?

    nah, I got used to him, but did not like his heaviness


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    relationship between Tom and Susan's son


    Any additional comments?

    Pat Conroy is a wonderful and thorough storyteller.
    Would like to know how much - if any- of this story is autobiographical

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (1797)
    Performance
    (1626)
    Story
    (1630)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Kathy says: "I couldn't stop listening"
    "mixed bag"
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    What did you like best about Heft? What did you like least?

    The story is great - fascinating perspective and interesting characters
    Arthur's "voice" was amazing: well cast and hypnotic
    Cal's part was weak and poorly cast, giving me trouble envisioning a young kid


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really liked Big Arthurs's character and the reader who read his part. Wonderful!Could not wait till he came back in.


    Was Heft worth the listening time?

    definitely


    Any additional comments?

    I would have liked a different voice and attitude for the young Arthur (Cal)(Can't tell which reader read which part..... it would be nice to state:Arthur's part read by .................Cal's part read by ....................

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1736)
    Performance
    (1546)
    Story
    (1555)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sara says: "Love, Strength & Survival"
    "cat in a bag"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Alyson Richman and/or George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ?

    NO!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Heft


    What didn’t you like about George Guidall and Suzanne Toren ’s performance?

    George was fineSuzanne was schmaltzyMaybe it deserves a better rating, but I was so mad about the story and the way it was toldthat it influenced my ability to be honest about the performance


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    anger and disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Cheap listen. It was poorly constructed and told. Initially I was attracted to the summary, once it got going I zipped past chapters, just listening to the first paragraph of each.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flight Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1663)
    Performance
    (1448)
    Story
    (1465)

    Dellarobia Turnbow is a restless farm wife who gave up her own plans when she accidentally became pregnant at 17. Now, after a decade of domestic disharmony on a failing farm, she encounters a shocking sight: a silent, forested valley filled with what looks like a lake of fire. She can only understand it as a cautionary miracle, but it sparks a raft of other explanations from scientists, religious leaders, and the media.

    mj says: "Tough Message Delivered in Silk"
    "three ring circus"
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    What did you love best about Flight Behavior?

    the reader (author) loves her characters and makes them realher descriptions are so wonderful. She is now one of my favorite writers and readers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Flight Behavior?

    the beginning and ending chapters


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end of the book. Kingsolver keeps three subjects intertwining all through the book:The urgency of the dangers of global warmingThe relationship of the heroine with her family Two cultures meeting and blending


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to listen to this book again in a year or so, knowing the story, and being able to focus on it's richness.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Between Oceans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By M. L. Stedman
    • Narrated By Noah Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1420)
    Performance
    (1245)
    Story
    (1226)

    In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel.

    Sandra says: "Wonderful story.....terrible narrator."
    "Quite a ride!"
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    Would you listen to The Light Between Oceans again? Why?

    I would listen to it again because the story was only part of the pleasure


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Light Between Oceans?

    It took too many turns to choose one favorite moment


    What does Noah Taylor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The language was at first difficult at times. However the australian dialect was perfect for the setting. Bear with it!


    If you could rename The Light Between Oceans, what would you call it?

    The light between 2 oceans.


    Any additional comments?

    Very human and likable characters. The setting takes you to place you have never been
    and would like to go!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paris Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Paula McLain
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1975)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1379)

    Chicago, 1920: Hadley Richardson is a quiet 28eight-year-old who has all but given up on love and happiness—until she meets Ernest Hemingway and her life changes forever. Following a whirlwind courtship and wedding, the pair set sail for Paris, where they become the golden couple in a lively and volatile group—the fabled “Lost Generation”—that includes Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

    Pris says: "Delighted in Del Mar"
    "20's Europe escapade"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Paris Wife to be better than the print version?

    yes: close your eyes and the colors and descriptions make for a wonderful being-there experience


    What did you like best about this story?

    The insight into the artist-life in Paris in the 1920's
    The introduction to the personage of Earnest Hemmingway in a very intimate manner


    Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no! it was great to have time to mull over the different parts of the story and let them be part of my life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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